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Capitals sign veteran Jason Chimera to two-year contract extension

Thursday, 09.29.2011 / 12:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals signed left-winger Jason Chimera to a two-year, US$3.5-million contract extension Thursday.

Chimera will earn $1.8 million next season and $1.7 million in 2013-14.

The 32-year-old forward had 10 goals, 16 assists and 64 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Capitals last season. He also scored two game-winning goals in the first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers.

"He's an older guy, but the one thing that's never going to give out on him is his skating, which is becoming so paramount in this game," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He knows how to play. He's a big strong guy. He's an emotional guy.

"He's good in our locker room, and we do think he's got the potential to get between 15 and 20 goals. And he seemed to score the big goal at the big time for us."

Chimera has also played for Edmonton and Columbus in an NHL career that began in the 2000. Washington acquired him from the Blue Jackets for Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina in December 2009.

"For me it was a no-brainer," Chimera said. "It was nice that they showed some confidence in me.

"It's nice to get something done before the season, that's for sure. No matter what, it weighs on your mind if you're coming into a contract season."

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday